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Phillip Daniels Tweets The Last Word On Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 8, 2011 – 7:54 pm

It’s not everyday that a player let go during cuts has anything nice to say about his former employer.

In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite.

But recently-released Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels has nothing but praise for Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, and set the record straight in Twitterverse.

Unfortunately, some of the tweets are extended, so bear with the graphics:


As fellow members of the blogosphere, I don’t need to tell you Dan Snyder takes a lot of heat when the Redskins struggle. Redskins fans are hungry for a winner, and no one is spared from criticism when that doesn’t happen. But here is a player who has a platform to be a “disgruntled former employee,” and instead chose to put personal emotions aside and speak from the heart.

It’s hard to keep perspective when personal emotions come into play, but somehow Daniels was able to do that.

In the interest of transparency, Daniels has said in the past that he’s interested in coaching football when he retires, so this could be seen as a public relations move.  But seeing as Daniels is someone that has always chosen his words carefully, I have no reason to undermine the sincerity of what he says.

The truth is that I’m not sure why Daniels decided to post his thoughts on the topic, but I can certainly commend him for saying something that’s not easy to approach.  He was in Washington long enough to know how some fans felt, and he spoke out–not in spite of that sentiment–but clearly because of it.

Daniels was a good player and leader for the Redskins, and it’s good for everyone that he leaves Washington on good terms:


(Tip of the cap to the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg for beating me to the punch.)

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9 Responses to “Phillip Daniels Tweets The Last Word On Redskins”

  1. By nasirjones on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply


  2. By Patrick on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    I was sad to see him go. I understand why the move was made and really can’t argue it. He always gave everything he had on the field. Great guy. I wish him the best.

  3. By reesespieces on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Gritty, classy, strong as crap…I was shocked when he was able to come back from his blown out knee at his age and weight. He’s a guy you need to involve somehow someway with the organization for years to come. Such as an assistant weight trainer. He benches Volkswagon Beetles! (Ok maybe not really) He saw first hand how some coaches and players were while he was a Redskin. And he’s coming clean with it all. Kinda sounds like a Fat AL jab to me. Hahaha

  4. By Rich on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply

    Daniels was a guy that battled out there for this franchise. Played 82 games for the skins, given all the coaches and all the changes that says a lot about what he did on the field. You will be missed Mr. Daniels.

  5. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply

    Daniels was a classy professional. A true Skin, played hard on every play and left it on the field! Thank You! As for Synder, I agree to a certain! Like us Snyder was a TRUE FAN young fan who had the opportunity to run the team as he as a fan saw fit! Recliner chair fan! he has put his $ behind his word for good intentions! Problem he needed FOOTBALL people making the decisions not yes man Cerato! Bruce Allen has done a wise job spending Dan’s $ staying under the cap and adding draft picks! Dan’s competing with Jerry Jones any ?? Cant ? his heart just the outcome of the decisions? Could anyone envision the Fat Albert scenario?

  6. By mark on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply

    thats refreshing to see. im one if thkse super optimistic but realistic fans and its true that a lot of skins fans who hate on snyder are usually the ones who were applauding his big moves. redskins nation is much more hesitant to praise the organizations moves nowadays but i for one feel like we are headed in a better direction in leaps and bounds this year. daniels is a great guy…no doubt, much respect. but weve GOT o go young and develop THAT talent. i love it. and am now proud to rock my burgundy and gold.

    skins fan in cali.

  7. By Jjt3 on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply

    Daniels is a MAN among boys. He lives the way many outside the game of football/professional sports/celebrity, etc… live. It’s tough when you are 22 years old and handed millions of dollars and have little to no education. Most of these kids come straight from the ghetto and have had pretty rough upbringings and then are handed a ton of money. The majority of them simply can’t manage this power and priorities change quickly. Daniels is a good guy who has always had his priorities right in his life. Money has never affected his beliefs. He is definitely not the norm in pro sports. He is a great Redskin and will be missed. These are the kind of core guys Gibbs looked for back in the day. Daniels was a core Redskin but just lost the ability, which of course happens sooner or later. Thanks Big Phil for your leadership and character. Hopefully we see ya down the road! jt3 is out

  8. By RussianBreadMaker on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply

    Class Act. Should have made a play to keep him around as a coaching intern.

  9. By noname on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have always liked Daniels alot. I feel like he is 1 of the true Rwdskins. He is like London Fletcher, they represent what all redskins players should act on and off the field. I hope we can get back to some true hardcore redskins football. Let this be the year that the redskins as an organizion proves everyone wrong and shows them what they got.

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